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Chris Tillman | Starting Pitcher | #30

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles.
Dan Connolly of reports that it's a one-year, major league deal while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that it's worth $3 million. According to Brittany Ghiroli of, Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander is coming off a brutal year where he posted a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances, but he's hoping to prove himself and hit the open market again next winter. If healthy, he'll presumably join a rotation which is also set to feature Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and recent addition Andrew Cashner. Feb 19 - 11:20 AM

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According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, free agent right-hander Chris Tillman threw for the Tigers on Saturday.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Sunday that Tillman will decide soon between the Orioles and two other teams. The Tigers are believed to be one of those clubs, while the Twins and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. While he's coming off of a miserable 2017 campaign, he's the type of asset that could eat innings and be flipped at the deadline if he pitches well, which would be attractive to a rebuilding Tigers' team.
Feb 18 - 7:27 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman will make a decision soon between signing with the Orioles or two other teams.

Heyman says that Tillman will likely make a call by Monday. The other clubs that have been connected to Tillman to this point other than the Orioles are the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays, but it's unclear whether any of those teams are among the final cut. Tillman is coming off an awful 2017 campaign that saw him put up a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances.
Feb 18 - 2:28 PM

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Chris Tillman is choosing between the Orioles, Twins, and two mystery teams, with his decision expected in the next three days.

Tillman suffered through a dreadful 2017 season with the Orioles, posting a 1-7 record with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. In the five previous seasons he went a combined 65-33 with a 3.81 ERA in 143 starts. He is believed to be leaning toward a one-year contract with a low guaranteed salary and the potential to earn lucrative incentive-based compensation. He will try to rebuild his value in the hopes of landing a big-money deal next winter.
Feb 17 - 12:06 AM

Rhett Bollinger of reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Yu Darvish remains the Twins' top priority and they've also been linked to Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb, but the club is also looking at adding back-end rotation depth in the event that they are unable to land a big name. Tillman was flat-out awful last season, posting a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. He would presumably accept a one-year deal in hopes of restoring his value and hitting the open market again next winter. Bollinger also notes that chief baseball officer Derek Falvey hasn't ruled out giving Jaime Garcia another try.
Jan 30 - 1:07 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays have shown interest in free agent starter Chris Tillman.

Tillman is probably going to have to settle for a one-year contract -- maybe even a non-guaranteed minor league deal -- after struggling to a 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and 63/51 K/BB ratio in 93 innings last season with the Orioles. The 29-year-old right-hander has also drawn mild interest from the Twins and Tigers this winter, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested earlier this month that Baltimore could have some interest in bringing him back. Tillman held a 3.81 ERA in 844 2/3 innings with the O's between 2012-2016.
Jan 24 - 11:58 AM

Chris Tillman has been working out at the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Tillman is a free agent, but he requested permission to use the Orioles' facilities this winter and that request was granted. O's manager Buck Showalter suggested Monday that the team could have interest in re-signing the 29-year-old right-hander, who struggled to a 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and 63/51 K/BB ratio in 93 innings last season. "He's capable of better," Showalter told reporters at the Orioles' January minicamp. "We know it. We've seen it first hand."
Jan 8 - 12:51 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins have inquired about free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Tillman is looking for a one-year contract this winter, where he can hopefully rebuild his value before hitting the free agent market again. The 29-year-old posted a miserable 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 63/51 K/BB ratio across 93 innings with the O's in 2017.
Jan 7 - 8:59 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network hears the Tigers have shown interest in free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Morosi says that talks are in the preliminary stages. Two weeks ago, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that Tillman was looking for a one-year deal. With the Tigers nowhere close to contention and the 29-year-old likely looking at trying to reestablish his once promising stock, this is a connection that certainly makes sense on paper.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 07:29:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is looking for a one-year deal.

Crasnick says the low expectations from Tillman have "enhanced his appeal to MLB teams in search of starting help." Tillman, 29, struggled to a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances this summer with the Orioles, but he registered a 3.81 ERA in 143 starts between 2012-2016. He'll look to re-establish his value next season, perhaps in a more pitcher-friendly environment than Baltimore.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have reached out to Chris Tillman and Wade Miley about returning in 2018.

Get excited, O's fans. There's nothing to suggest that talks are anything more than preliminary, but Encina hears that the club is pitching them on returning on "one-year, low-base salary, high-incentive deals." Tillman, an impending free agent, struggled with a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances this past season. Of course, he has a long history with the Orioles, and the club could convince him to return in hopes of reestablishing his value. Miley faded after a strong superficial start to his 2017, finishing with a 5.61 ERA over 32 starts. His contract includes a $12 million option for 2018, but the Orioles are expected to buy out the option.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Chris Tillman gave up four runs in four innings in a victory over the Rays on Sunday.

Tillman wasn't supposed to start, but Dylan Bundy was scratched with a strained hamstring. He pitched like the pitcher that earned a spot in the bullpen in the first place, giving up six hits, four runs and striking out just two. Tillman now has a less-than-spectacular 7.71 ERA. He may get another chance to start this weekend if Bundy is shutdown for the rest of the year, which he should be.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:48:00 PM

Chris Tillman has been returned to the bullpen by the Orioles.

It might be a temporary thing, but he's not currently scheduled for another start. Tillman had made three starts since rejoining the rotation and given up 13 runs in 14 2/3 innings. He had as many homers allowed (five) as strikeouts in those games.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Chris Tillman yielded three earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Blue Jays.

Baltimore wound up winning the game in extra innings, with Mark Trumbo providing the big hit with a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 12th. Tillman walked three batters and gave up three hits, including a three-run homer to Josh Donaldson in the top of the third. The right-hander is sitting on a brutal 7.85 season ERA.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 05:42:00 PM

Chris Tillman struggled again Monday against the Mariners, allowing six runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Tillman gave up just three hits, but two of them were homers. He also walked four batters. The veteran right-hander has now allowed 10 runs in two starts since returning to the rotation and his ERA sits at 7.91 for the year. He’s a liability every time he goes to the mound at this point, which isn’t what you want at this time of the year.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 11:38:00 PM

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